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White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide
White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide | Carol Anderson
As Ferguson, Missouri, erupted in August 2014, and media commentators across the ideological spectrum referred to the angry response of African Americans as black rage, historian Carol Anderson wrote a remarkable op-ed in the "Washington Post" showing that this was, instead, white rage at work. With so much attention on the flames, she writes, everyone had ignored the kindling. Since 1865 and the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, every time African Americans have made advances towards full participation in our democracy, white reaction has fueled a deliberate and relentless rollback of their gains. The end of the Civil War and Reconstruction was greeted with the Black Codes and Jim Crow; the Supreme Court's landmark 1954 "Brown v. Board of Education" decision was met with the shutting down of public schools throughout the South while taxpayer dollars financed segregated white private schools; the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965 triggered a coded but powerful response, the so-called Southern Strategy and the War on Drugs that disenfranchised millions of African Americans while propelling presidents Nixon and Reagan into the White House. Carefully linking these and other historical flashpoints when social progress for African Americans was countered by deliberate and cleverly crafted opposition, Anderson pulls back the veil that has long covered actions made in the name of protecting democracy, fiscal responsibility, or protection against fraud, rendering visible the long lineage of white rage. Compelling and dramatic in the unimpeachable history it relates, "White Rage" will add an important new dimension to the national conversation about race in America."
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I picked this book up & started reading it in April, then I put it back down & didn‘t touch it again until Sept. It‘s an in-depth, intense, frustrating succinct & disturbingly accurate history of race relations with African Americans in the U.S. from the start until today. I‘ve read books that focused on parts of the problem, specifics snapshots of time, but this is the first book to brilliantly bring all that together into a complete picture! ⤵️

Riveted_Reader_Melissa A #MustRead and you‘ll be happy to know I‘ll stop spamming your feed with quotes now and go decompress in some fun fiction for a bit. 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa #Scarathlon one book completed, again humans are more terrifying and scary than any monster....but hey, one book with a black cover for the #ScaryScavengerHunt later #TeamStoker @TheReadingMermaid 1mo
LauraJ Those were totally worth “spamming”. 1mo
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TheReadingMermaid As well as 1 point for the book and 1 point for the post 😉 🧟‍♀️ 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BarbaraTheBibliophage Thank you so much for this wonderful tough book! Sorry it took me so long to make my way through it! #NFBuddyRead (edited) 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m glad you got a lot out of it, @Riveted_Reader_Melissa ! I knew you would, of course. Sorry I haven‘t been here much to discuss as you were spamming my feed! I‘ll try to go back through soon and comment. I‘m sure you and I were struck by similar passages. (i.e., the whole damn book!) 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BarbaraTheBibliophage Exactly! I could have posted almost the whole book it was so good. Sorry I fell way behind on our buddy read along. Any idea what you want to read next? 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Ah, no worries. I need to revisit the list ... unless you have a preference! 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage But probably thinking November not this month ... what do you think? 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Works for me! And November sounds good! @BarbaraTheBibliophage (edited) 1mo
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One of my favorite comebacks was Jon Stewart to Bill O‘Reilly ....as he was railing against giveaways and socialism, Jon reminded him that he grew up and was raised in Levittown, a suburb for returning servicemen (only white returning servicemen) where the housing was subsidized and purchased cheaply, and now resold for gains in family wealth. But you know, “it‘s not the same”🤦‍♀️

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UnidragonFrag Yeah, I saw this crap happening when I lived in Texas. Absolutely ridiculous. All states should adopt how it's done here in Oregon: mailed ballots. No need to go a anywhere 🤷‍♀️ 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @UnidragonFrag I agree! I wish we had that here too. I‘m in PA, heavy Trump area, and I can hear the arguments against it already and how “votes would be stolen”🙄. Seriously though, you‘d have to raid a LOT of mailboxes to make an impact, that would hardly go unnoticed. 1mo
UnidragonFrag No kidding. It's a stupid argument. Pretty sure the risk is more than the reward in this sorta situation. In PA? Huh, for some reason, I thought most of that area was pretty liberal, but I guess there's dummies everywhere. I mean, people think Oregon is some liberal wonderland, but that's literally just Portland. I grew up in Texas and have met more racist, Trump-loving, Confederate flag waving folks up here. 1mo
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UnidragonFrag It's bizarre. 1mo
UnidragonFrag Also, pretty sure I haven't heard of any votes being stolen up here, so it clearly works fine 🤷‍♀️ 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @UnidragonFrag From what I‘ve read, in this book and others, the calls for voter fraud is really a read herring, the actual percentage of it happening is infinitesimally small, but it makes a great rallying cry to make voting harder and stricter. And yes, the bigger cities in PA tend to be more liberal, I live in the middle, in a rural farm belt, lots of confederate flags here too, you‘d think we were in Alabama.🙄 1mo
UnidragonFrag It's incredibly annoying and unfair. 😞 I mean, what? They just want to go back to white land owners only? I mean, probably, actually. *sigh* 1mo
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“...around an election or two.”

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😱

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I always knew that FL was one of the worst states for denying ex-felons the right to vote for years after they served their time...they have to wait 14 years after all their sentencing requirements are completed and then petition the governor to restore their voting rights. Which is crazy for any citizens who has paid their dues, but that includes felonies for letting a helium balloon float up in the air and walking in a construction zone! 😱

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As I watch the Ukraine call news, and now our abandonment of our Kurdish allies... I‘d say he‘s accomplishing his goals and then some. 🙁

Bookwomble Trump is some kind of one-man pestilence upon the face of the earth! 1mo
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Oh god, I want to finish this today....but I‘m at the afterward, added to the paperback AFTER the election.

Book dilemma: Put it down to process / recuperate or just rip off the bandaid and finish it now!😱

Tough tough call!

I‘m going in....

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😢. More than ever I can see why people need to run for office at all levels of government local, county etc... because this level of disenfranchisement starts locally.

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🙄 if you thought deep down that the fix was in and the deck was stacked against you, this will make you realize just how deep that feeling really goes.

DrexEdit Those same Republicans in the WI assembly are busy today passing rule changes that give them unlimited attempts to override a democratic governor's veto. They are apparently not happy unless the deck is always stacked in their favor. 😠😠😠😠😠😠😠 1mo
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“... a utility bill. More than 20% of African Americans, as compared with 3% of whites, do not have a bank account.” “almost 6% of all families in the United States are in multigenerational households. (...) Regardless of the number of adults in a home, only one name appears on the utility bills, making it difficult for the others to prove they actually live there.”

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Suet624 Ouch. So distressing. 1mo
DrexEdit It's a solution to a problem nobody was having! 😠😠😠😠 1mo
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”legitimate-sounding, noteworthy concern: protecting the integrity of the ballot box from voter fraud. Still, Paul Weyrich, a conservative activist and the founder of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), was explicit early on: “I don‘t want everybody to vote,” he said, noting that the GOP‘s “leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down.”” “That is where ALEC stepped in to draft “model...” cont.⤵️

Riveted_Reader_Melissa ...”voter-ID legislation … that … popped up in very similar form in states like Pennsylvania and Texas and Wisconsin.”” ***Now where did Trump win, just enough votes to take him to an electoral college victory, without the popular vote again? 🤔 Pennsylvania and Wisconsin! And in case you‘re wondering this book was published in May 2016, before he won. (edited) 1mo
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Oh Lindsey Graham! 🙄

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...”finance the Contras. Congress, meanwhile, already stung by the debacle in Vietnam, was not about to loosen the purse strings. And so, at a December 1981 meeting, Contra leaders, whom Reagan referred to as the “moral equivalent of the Founding Fathers,” floated the idea that trafficking cocaine into California would provide enough profits to arm and train the anti-Sandinista guerrillas. With most of the network already established, ...”(cont⤵️)

Riveted_Reader_Melissa This is honestly the most succinct explanation of how the Iran-Contra Scandal led to Mass Incarceration that I‘ve seen to date. (Cont⤵️) 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa “... the plan was rather straightforward: There were the Medellín and Cali cartels in Colombia; the airports and money laundering in Panama run by President Manuel Noriega; the well-known lack of radar detection that made landing strips in Costa Rica prime transport depots; and weapons and drug warehouses at Ilopango air base outside San Salvador. The problem had been U.S. law enforcement guarding key entry points into a lucrative market.”... 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa “.... But with the CIA and the National Security Council now ready to run interference and keep the FBI, the U.S. Customs Service, and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in check, the once formidable line of defense had dwindled to a porous nuisance. Reagan‘s “moral equivalent of the Founding Fathers” was now ready to saturate the United States with cocaine.” 1mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa “.... But although they had the product, they didn‘t yet have the distribution network to move the initial shipment of cocaine into the retail markets. That came only when they managed to link up with Rick Ross, an illiterate yet entrepreneurial black man who became the conduit between the Contra drug runners and the Crips and Bloods gangs in L.A. The result was nothing less than explosive.”... 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa “... While the new self-created drug crisis threatened the security of millions of African Americans, the administration focused its efforts on facilitating greater access to weapons for the rebels purchased with off-the-books money. In 1982, Vice President George H. W. Bush (the former director of the CIA) and his national security adviser, Donald Gregg (a former CIA agent), worked with William Casey to run a program named Black Eagle,...” 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa “... which was designed to circumvent Congress and funnel weapons to the Contras. As the logistical pipelines solidified, it became clear that Manuel Noriega would be essential to this operation. Through a series of top-secret negotiations, U.S. officials worked out landing rights at Panamanian airfields for the Black Eagle planes to transport weapons to the Contras and the use of Panamanian companies to launder money.”... 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa “Noriega, who was already in a four-hundred-million-dollar partnership with the Medellín cartel, seized on the profitability of this deal with the White House and began to divert Black Eagle planes and pilots for drug-running flights to the southern United States. The Reagan administration‘s response to what should have been seen as a diplomatic affront—especially since the president had tapped George H. W. Bush to lead the drug interdiction...” 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa “... activities in South Florida—was telling and disturbing. The administration simply required the Panamanian president to use a percentage of his drug profits to buy additional weapons for the Contras. Thus, although Reagan bragged to the American public about using U.S. military resources “to cut off drugs before they left other countries‘ borders,” his staff‘s shielding (...) allowed cocaine imports to the US to skyrocket by 50% within 3 yrs” (edited) 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa “... The Reagan administration‘s protection of drug traffickers escalated further when the CIA received approval from the Department of Justice in 1982 to remain silent about any key agency “assets” that were involved in the manufacturing, transportation, or sale of narcotics. This network of White House protection for major drug traffickers swung into full gear once Congress (...) shut off all funds to the Contras and banned U.S. material....” 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa “... and financial support for the overthrow of the government in Nicaragua. Undeterred by the law, the Reagan administration simply ramped up the alternate and illegal streams of revenue it had already devised: drug profits and arms sales to Iran. At this point Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North, deputy director of the National Security Council, stepped in to create the larger, more dynamic operation that would soon replace Bush‘s Black Eagle.”... 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa ... “North brought to the work both a military efficiency and a truly amoral focus. Years later, even when under congressional klieg lights, he seemed to imply that the breaking of laws was appropriate. “I remain convinced that what we tried to accomplish was worth the risk,” he said. North understood that his role, working with his CIA counterpart Duane Clarridge, was to ensure that the Contras had weapons.”... (edited) 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa “... Congress had cut off all funding, so profits from cocaine would have to become an alternate source. That warped framing of the Contras‘ needs led North to facilitate the trafficking of cocaine into the United States, which included working with the CIA to transport 1,500 kilos of Bolivian paste; diverting hundreds of thousands of dollars in “humanitarian aid” to indicted narcotics traffickers; and refusing to pass the names...” 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa “... of known drug runners on to the appropriate authorities. He also saw to it that the millions of dollars in profits from the sale of narcotics were then funneled safely out of the U.S. and that those funds went to arms dealers, especially in El Salvador and Honduras, who could equip the Contras with everything from boots to grenades.” 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa ^Usually we talk about this & how our gov‘t brought in the drugs, enabled the traffickers, while creating mass incarceration to deal with the victims who became addicted to these drugs. But I think this one is also related to the current flux of refugees who are fleeing the violence of gangs in Central & S. America that are using the guns, tactics, etc that we gave them. Both mass incarceration & the refugee crisis caused by this warped scheme. 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa “the administration‘s response was not to fund a series of treatment facilities but to demonize and criminalize blacks and provide the federal resources to make incarceration, rather than education, normative.” ... ““Despite our best efforts,” Reagan added with a hint of shock and dismay, “illegal cocaine is coming into our country at alarming levels.””...”Reagan identified public enemy number one: “crack.”” 🙄 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa ...“No one, he intoned, has the right to destroy the dreams and shatter the lives of the “freest society mankind has ever known.” In this important speech, the president not only laid out an epic tale of good, freedom-loving Americans locked in a mortal battle for the nation‘s soul against crack addicts and drug dealers, but in doing so, he also defined the racial contours of this war.” 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa ...”As battles over lucrative drug turf escalated, black communities were besieged with rampant gang violence. Most had no idea how this crack scourge had arisen or how those who had once toted simple handguns now carried AK-47s and other automatic, military-grade weapons. It was clear immediately that something had gone horribly wrong.”🙄. 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa ^So hey, we can tie in our gun issues to this little side-scheme too!🙄 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa “In 1986, Congress passed the Anti-Drug Abuse Act, which stipulated mandatory sentencing, emphasized punishment over treatment, and created the 100-to-1 disparity in sentencing between crack and cocaine based on the myth that the cheap narcotic rock was more addictive than its powder form.” 1mo
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...”staff on the National Security Council (NSC) along with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). In these last throes of the Cold War, Nicaragua was the target. But the collateral damage would spray South Central Los Angeles and then radiate out to black communities all across the United States.”

Ah...the “War on Drugs”, this today makes me think about the current “War on Illegal Immigration” both caused by, & blaming the victims of, bad policy

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It‘s astounding to read about all the blood sweat and tears that went into the Civil Rights Movement, and then read about how quickly and methodically any gains were meticulously dismantled.

AnneCecilie You‘re always posting quotes that make me mad. Another book that I need to read 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @AnneCecilie Sorry, but I think the more we collectively know and understand, the better we‘ll be able to go forward. 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @AnneCecilie Then again, maybe I‘m just torturing myself.🤷‍♀️ 1mo
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lele1432 Okay I am going to have to bump this way up on my TBR. The quotes you're posting explains so much! All of these disgusting political antics I'm seeing have been done before, apparently. 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @lele1432 I would highly recommend it! I‘m feeling the same way reading it, like current things came directly from this playbook! It‘s also great at putting together parts I‘ve read about in other books, connecting things together in a cohesive history. 1mo
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And I‘d say this has led right into the political divide we have today. Just that one side still uses the coded words about some, but says it outright about immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQIA & it‘s still the “bleeding heart liberalism” to blame, you know the equality & healthcare & SS...not the tax cuts then or now or the money spent on war (Vietnam then multiple now).

I‘d say they need a new playbook, but obviously the same one still worked in 2016.

DrexEdit I need to read this book, but my blood pressure! 😠 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @DrexEdit I‘d definitely recommend reading it in small spaced out doses, but I have to say for not being a very long book it gets to the essence of each time period very clearly throughout US history. 1mo
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“...that ostensibly met the standard of America‘s new civil rights norms while at the same time crafting the implementation of policies to undermine and destabilize these norms, all too often leaving black communities ravaged.

The objective was to contain and neutralize the victories of the Civil Rights Movement by painting a picture of a “colorblind,” equal opportunity society whose doors were now wide open, if only African Americans...” cont.⤵️

Riveted_Reader_Melissa ...”would take initiative and walk on through. Ronald Reagan breezily shared anecdotes about how Lyndon Johnson‘s Great Society handed over hard-earned taxpayer dollars to a “slum dweller” to live in posh government-subsidized housing and provided food stamps for one “strapping young buck” to buy steak (...) He ridiculed Medicaid recipients as “a faceless mass, waiting for handouts.” The imagery was, by design, galling, ...” 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa ...” and although the stories were far from the truth, they succeeded in tapping into a river of widespread resentment. Second-and third-generation Polish Americans, Italian Americans, and other white ethnics seethed that, whereas their own immigrant fathers and grandfathers had had to work their way out of the ghetto, blacks were getting a government-sponsored free ride to the good life on the backs of honest, hardworking white Americans.” 1mo
Samplergal Such a good book. It needs to be read by every single white person. 1mo
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UnidragonFrag 😡😡 I knew this, but it's still terrible. 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Samplergal I totally agree! 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Samplergal I‘ll definitely have to read that one too! I‘m learning so much, but it‘s so infuriating too. I‘m sure I‘ll need a break after this for awhile, read something more light. This one has taken me awhile to get through, I have to put it down for days at a time, and the current state of our country doesn‘t make it any easier. 1mo
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^and continues today as unarmed people are shot with no repercussions while talking on their cell phone in their own back yard, while walking home from the 7-11 with tea and skittles, while sitting on their own couch in their own apartment, while being stopped for a turn signal not working, or changing lanes, while being arrested for selling a loose cigarette, etc, etc, etc 😢

DrexEdit 💔😢 1mo
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Some of this sounds a little too familiar, even decades later! 🙄

Sadly the tactics haven‘t changed much, but the experience of those hearing the “patriotic” or “law & order” spiel don‘t realize just how familiar it is.

For someone who learned in school that it was a horrible fight, but we won, and it‘s all history now... reading books like this helps piece together why some arguments have always felt wrong, but we didn‘t ... (Cont.⤵️)

Riveted_Reader_Melissa ... quite know why they bothered us so much. So much gaslighting involved too, “don‘t trust your own feelings on these things, your just too sensitive”.🙄 1mo
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“... and defy, then stall and undermine—tactics that went on for at least four decades—left the United States with millions of citizens who lacked the education needed to be competitive in a global, technology-driven economy. This, in turn, left the United States lagging far behind other developed countries and placed the nation at enormous economic risk.”

Which speaks to things in our current political debate, thanks #ReadTheCandidates (cont.⤵️)

Riveted_Reader_Melissa ...Warren‘s talking about college education and Yang about a Universal Basic Income, and as much as both are being framed as a liberal giveaway they are both looking at our future national economy and trying to steer things to safer ground, with either a more educated populace for the jobs of the future, or a basic income to hold back the downturn as more jobs become automated. Thanks @MelissaSue81 for encouraging #ReadTheCandidates (edited) 1mo
Gezemice Unfortunately those who would benefit the most from those policies will be turned against them by the right wing propaganda machine designed to keep the rich in power. 1mo
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I understand much more now why “school vouchers” became such a hot debate, and why it completely sounds like just another bad idea recycled. 😱 Except now it‘s just the failing “inner city schools” that get the blame, which not surprisingly are also highly underfunded & usually have higher minority populations. So now we are channeling money from public education to school voucher programs... that seems oddly reminiscent of something now.🙄

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Great reminder to learn your history, or you‘ll be doomed to repeat it....as we currently re-fight census questions, issues, gerrymandering, and electoral college debates...it very important to remember why these things are so important and how easily they can be twisted to silence some voters over others twisting fair representation.

“Electorally emasculated”, is really a great phrase for it.🧐

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Is it sad that as horrifying as this is coming from a President, our current has said just as bad if not worse. We really haven‘t come half as far as we‘d like to believe. 😢

DrexEdit Very disappointing from a leader. Thanks for posting. 🙁 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @DrexEdit It‘s a great book, I highly recommend it! 1mo
lele1432 All I have to do is peruse the comments section of local Houston news online and find many comments very similar to this one. It's sickening and kinda makes me lose faith things will ever really get better. 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @lele1432 Sadly I‘m in Pennsylvania and it‘s not any better here in Trumplandia 1mo
lele1432 Wow 😞 1mo
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This book is horrific enough, History is truly scarier than any gothic novel....but the current Presidential situation where he also condones complete defiance of laws and norms just makes it all the scarier. 🙈

LauraJ Couldn‘t agree more. 😾 1mo
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Lcsmcat 😢 2mo
4thhouseontheleft Powerful quote. 2mo
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Starting this one today...and on the first page, in the Prologue, it‘s already Rudy Giuliani being crazy on TV. 🙄

How is it the wackiest local politicians are the ones that gain traction in national politics?🙈🙉🙊

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Definite 5 star book. It‘s a comprehensive look at systematic racial injustice in the U.S. from Reconstruction to the presidency of Barack Obama. Great overview, but also goes into plenty of specific detail. Solid half of pages are footnotes, so it‘s scholarly. OTOH, totally readable. Although I read slowly since it made me 😡.

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2019 #nonfictionbuddyread @Riveted_Reader_Melissa

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sounds excellent! 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Riveted_Reader_Melissa It really is! 👊🏻♥️📚 3mo
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Just let that sink in for a minute. I followed the footnote to a 2011 Duke Univ. study‘s headline. It‘s white and Hispanic teenagers who have the highest rates of drug usage. But blacks are targeted and incarcerated for it at **much** higher rates. #whiterage #blacklivesmatter #socialjustice

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1. Brazilian Cheese Bread - once I start I can‘t stop
2. New iPad with keyboard cover
3. Tagged ... it‘s so intense!
4. My #nfornonfiction buddy readers @tjwill @daniwithtea @Riveted_Reader_Melissa

#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

BarbaraTheBibliophage Thanks for the tag @LogiKitty ! 😘 3mo
Susanita I've never had Brazilian cheese bread, but I like all of those words separately, so I can imagine it's yummy. 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Susanita We learned about it from Brazilian steakhouses. And then found them at Costco. Little GF balls of cheesy dough that you bake and dunk in melted butter. Truly addictive! 3mo
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Eggs Hmmmmm cheez dough balls!!! 3mo
LogiKitty Brazilian cheese bread? Yum 😍 3mo
Lauram Oh my. I didn‘t know about the melted butter step! 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Eggs @LogiKitty I know, right? They are evil delicious! 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Lauram I think we might have made that up. It works like a charm! 3mo
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Started this one recently. It seems especially timely right now, although it always is, really. Up for our buddy read on it, @Riveted_Reader_Melissa ?

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Since I was supposed to read it months ago, but still haven‘t! 😂Definitely!! 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Well, I was supposed to do the same. But now I‘m actually doing it! 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BarbaraTheBibliophage Good, maybe that will push me to actually read it. 3mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @Riveted_Reader_Melissa It‘s so so so good. Not all that long either, really. 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Riveted_Reader_Melissa But, for a variety of reasons, I can only read it for short bursts. Might take me awhile. 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BarbaraTheBibliophage I understand that...anything at all connected in any way to current politics is dragging a bit for me....it‘s just a tough time for your escapism reading to be at all serious. 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Exactly. Plus I‘m dealing with some post-concussion issues that mean I have to limit my intense concentration. 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BarbaraTheBibliophage Oh no, please take care of yourself! 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘m trying. This has been difficult, but I try to persist with grace. Thanks. 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BarbaraTheBibliophage You are welcome, but forget the grace and just take care of yourself, grace be damned. 😉 (edited) 3mo
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Every American needs to read this book. Everyone. #racism

Lcsmcat Stacked. 4mo
RaimeyGallant Sold! 4mo
rretzler Unfortunately the people who need to read it will not. ☹️ 4mo
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Annnnd the voters of Florida Voted to allow felons to vote in 2018, but the Florida legislature ignored that, wrote a law saying that all felons must pay restitution in order to vote. #democracy. #voterrights #politicseverywhere

Lcsmcat 😢 4mo
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Finding my blood pressure goes up the more I read this book. #racism.

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Samplergal It‘s a great book, but I cannot commit to reading more than an hour at a time. Not in this political climate. #racism. 4mo
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Samplergal
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Georgia continues to flip the bird to the nation, with the new laws regarding abortion, voting rights and others. Sorry if you are southern and take offense. #institutionalRacism

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#soundsFamiliar

I will remind all that the Southern Democrats abandoned the party in 1964/65 to become the Republican Party of today. The impetus was the Civil Rights Act from Lyndon Johnson.

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samnreader
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White rage was a concise, important book, outlining the root causes of racist issues/policy: white rage. Excellent case, depressing, but excellent for friends and family or those white people in one's life who might not understand that complacency and not just the KKK are also racist. Good intro to systemic racism as well.

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MsLeah8417
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Samplergal I have it for five more days from library. Fingers crossed I can finish. It doesn‘t seem the type of book to be able to read in a couple of days. 6mo
MsLeah8417 @Samplergal : you will finish it in one day. 6mo
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Arwhal
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Really detailed and factual

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Shamefully long overdue New Year‘s resolution: READ the books on racism that I bought after Charlottesville.

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This book will be at the top of my end-if-year recommendations. So incredibly well-presented and I am humbled by how much of the US history I was ignorant of before reading. A must read.

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This book is fantastic. The final chapter explains well and in detail all of the BS going on to suppress the vote in the State if Georgia (using Georgia as an example of what‘s going on around the country). I live in Georgia and voted for Stacey Abrams for Governor. She has been fighting this systemic and calculated voter suppression. There is much more fighting to be done.

Talewaggingreads Indeed. But, take heart. At least you don't live in Tennessee. 😭 I volunteered for Dr. Diane Mitchell for US House. She lost of course because this is Tennessee. 🤬 There are some small pockets of individuals who may actually turn TN a lighter shade of red. I take heart in watching Abram's fight. Thank you for supporting her! 12mo
booklover76 I lived in Georgia for 26 years. I was angered by the election down there. But I also see hope. I lived in Gwinnett county back then and that was Newt Gingrich's district. Now it is blue. Progress is coming. Kemp should probably remember God don't like ugly 12mo
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Book friends are the best friends...and wow this was a timely surprise! Thank you so much.

BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m glad it arrived before all the rain. I forgot to slide it in a plastic bag! Did you see that she signed it for you also?? ♥️ 13mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BarbaraTheBibliophage No I didn‘t! I completely missed that, I read the back, I opened it and stuck your post-it onto the inside cover, flipped through it, but never even looked at the inside title page! 🤦‍♀️So sorry for the friend fail there, LOL. That is awesome and from your post-it and the way she signed it looks like she grave a great talk/discussion. I‘m so glad you got to go! 13mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Yay!! Not a fail—just another unexpected surprise. Glad you like it! 👏🏻👏🏻🎉🎉📚📚 13mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BarbaraTheBibliophage It is! I didn‘t think I could be any more surprised by your unexpected package, now it surprised me 2 nights! Yes, I really like it. I hope you got a signed one for yourself too, and I love that she signed it with more than just her signature. 13mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I got her new book for myself—signed also. It‘s next on my list, I think. 13mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘ll look for that one too, it sounds very interesting and timely too! I‘m going to have to figure out where to fit in some more reading time! 13mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Riveted_Reader_Melissa She talked about a lot of things happening now, including in her own state of Georgia. I don‘t want to read it when it‘s not timely anymore! 13mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Once the election is over, I expect to have more reading time. Been dedicating time to one of my local progressive candidates! 13mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘ve been following Georgia too, lots of hinky things going on there here at the home stretch. 13mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BarbaraTheBibliophage I was just answering your email, I‘ve been doing some phone banking myself. This election cycle has me very nervous since the last one. I can‘t wait for it to be over, but I‘m also a bit scared of the results. (edited) 13mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I agree. It could be another horrible night. If we go deeper red, I don‘t know how long it will be until we can shift back again. Scary! 13mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BarbaraTheBibliophage I agree... I‘m very concerned about voter suppression and hacking this time. And I feel paranoid even talking about it to most people in my area who don‘t see any problem...but how little effort we‘ve put into closing the hacking loopholes since 2016 is scary to me... we should have had a countrywide response, similar to after 9/11 to ensure our votes and the counts. Instead it‘s became a partisan issue. 13mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I agree—we aren‘t focusing on it at ALL. And, as my friend just posted, the pipe bombs were designed to murder practically all of 45‘s opponents. There‘s a lot wrong happening! 13mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BarbaraTheBibliophage God yes! Anyone who has at all spoken out about him strongly received one, and who know how many more are still in the mail. 13mo
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